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Event Type: Expert-led training

Non-violent Resistance (NVR) for Professionals: Supporting Adoptive Parents to support their Children

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

This training session is an introduction to the Non Violent Resistance (NVR) principles and more specifically, how it can work with adoptive families, who are facing challenging and violent behaviours from their children. This session will offer ideas on how to support for families when they have either completed an NVR training, or are thinking of doing the training.

NVR was developed by Haim Omer at Tel Aviv University, as a response to child to parent violence. The focus is on therapeutic support and psycho educational intervention which involves the parents only, without working directly with the child. The aim in NVR is to increase positive parental presence and parental authority in the child’s life and make family relationships stronger. It is an evidenced based, short term systemic and effective intervention that enhances the protection and safety of all family members.

Joanna is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and NVR Facilitator, who has been delivering NVR groups for 6 years to adoptive parent/s, special guardians and foster carer/s at PAC-UK. She integrates creative techniques into the NVR training she delivers with the families, so that it is bespoke, in response to their child’s specific needs, and is both meaningful and playful.

Joanna understands the gravity of the situation when a family in crisis and the very real risk of a placement breaking down. Supporting the professionals to support these families, when they are facing such difficulties, can make the difference between a family staying together, or not. Joanna has witnessed NVR working in action first hand, with very positive results in families. This course aims to raise NVR awareness in professionals, so that they can have a basic understanding of how it can work for families in practice.

Parents say that the NVR course helps them change the dynamics of violence within their home, helping them to feel empowered and confident by insisting that violence in the home will stop. It is not a quick fix but teaches enduring, mindful responses that increase parental authority and presence without resorting to control or engaging in the downward spiral that violent coercive children bring when they feel out of control and uncontained.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Overview of NVR
  • Understanding the key NVR principles and language
  • Understanding how NVR works specifically with adoptive/ special guardian/foster families.
  • How to support families with the NVR approach
  • Creative ideas and NVR in practice

About the trainer

Joanna Parker

Prior to working in the field of adoption, Joanna Parker specialised in the substance misuse area as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Young Oasis Manager, for over 10 years, working closely alongside families, social services, foster carers and the children themselves. Joanna has advocated for the needs of these children tirelessly and has observed first hand the whole process that can lead to a child being placed in care. Joanna wanted to know what happened to those children who were adopted, hence moving form working with the birth families, to working with the adoptive families – always child-centred, with a keen eye on their needs. In 2018, Joanna left a full-time post as Young Oasis Lead in Brighton and moved to London to broaden her experience of different work contexts and ways of working, and to further develop what she could offer to clients. Joanna has experience of working with children and young people who experience attachment difficulties, trauma, loss, and are in foster care or adoption/permanency.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Holding the Story: The Journey of a Child Impacted by Familial Substance Misuse, from Utero through to Adoption

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

This expert-led training session will focus on the impact of substance misuse on a child and their journey through to adoption. The aim is to understand what this journey can look and feel like for a child and the ongoing impact of this trauma on them and their adoptive families.

During this comprehensive training session, you will embark on a journey to gain a deep understanding of the multifaceted challenges faced by children impacted by familial substance misuse, from prenatal exposure through to adoption. We will begin by exploring the complex landscape of familial substance misuse, examining its prevalence, underlying factors, and the intricate web of consequences it presents for children’s development.

Delving into the effects of prenatal exposure to substances, we will analyse the physiological, cognitive, and emotional ramifications, and discuss evidence-based interventions to mitigate these impacts. Navigating the journey from utero to adoption, we will uncover the unique challenges encountered at each stage, from early childhood development to adolescence, and beyond.

You will learn about the importance of trauma-informed care, resilience-building strategies, and the critical role of supportive relationships in promoting healing and growth. In the context of adoption, we will explore the dynamics of the adoption process in cases involving substance misuse within birth families and the provision of tailored support for adoptive families.

Through interactive group discussions, and practical exercises, participants will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real-life scenarios, honing their skills in providing compassionate and effective support to children and families navigating this complex journey.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Understanding a child’s ‘felt’ experience
  • What the impact of substance misuse on a child can look like – behaviours
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and intergenerational trauma
  • Resources on substance misuse
  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Issues around social injustice

About the trainer

Joanna Parker

Prior to working in the field of adoption, Joanna Parker specialised in the substance misuse area as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Young Oasis Manager, for over 10 years, working closely alongside families, social services, foster carers and the children themselves. Joanna has advocated for the needs of these children tirelessly and has observed first hand the whole process that can lead to a child being placed in care. Joanna wanted to know what happened to those children who were adopted, hence moving form working with the birth families, to working with the adoptive families – always child-centred, with a keen eye on their needs. In 2018, Joanna left a full-time post as Young Oasis Lead in Brighton and moved to London to broaden her experience of different work contexts and ways of working, and to further develop what she could offer to clients. Joanna has experience of working with children and young people who experience attachment difficulties, trauma, loss, and are in foster care or adoption/permanency.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Transracial Adoptions: Latest Practice in Assessments, Matching and Placements

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

What is known about the well-being of children placed with parents who do not share their racial or ethnic heritage? Additionally, how can social workers assist parents in supporting their child’s ethnic identity and self-esteem while ensuring a thorough assessment process?

“It was very interesting to hear other professional perspective on the issues discussed. It was also beneficial to hear personal stories, to better understand the challenges and also strengths of transracial placements. From this, I have identified ways of which I could improve my practice in the future, particularly in relation to assessment discussions” – Attendee, 2022

Adolescence and emerging adulthood pose unique challenges to developing ethnic identity, particularly for transracial adoptees. We will highlight key findings from international studies on these topics and provide guidelines for practitioners working with transracial adoptive families.

This training aims to use the lived experience of adoptees alongside research findings to understand the challenges for children placed transracially or trans ethnically with adoptive parents and to think about the skills needed in assessment and beyond to assess and support families.

“It addressed the issue from so many perspectives – thinking about assessments, follow up work with families, personal histories and experiences of adopters and adoptees. It made for a very interactive and really interesting seminar” – Attendee, 2022

The training day will be facilitated by Jan Way MBE who is a social worker, adoption advisor, adoptee and a transracial adoptive parent. Joanna Burnett is a panel member and a transracial adoptee.


Learning outcomes

  • To learn and understand the challenges to the adoptee of being transracially placed
  • To consider key research findings and the value they can bring to understanding
  • To explore the key ideas that workers should focus upon in assessment in order to built rigour into the process and ensure the child’s needs remain paramount

About the trainer

Jan Way MBE

Jan has been a social worker since 1975, working in a range of settings including hospitals, local authorities and adoption agencies. For the last 35 years she has worked in the adoption field, specialising in intercountry adoption and working as a senior manager for IAC- The Centre for Adoption. She now acts as the training and research advisor for the agency and as a panel chair. She has published several articles in journals on intercountry adoption and the issues and challenges that arise with these placements and runs specialist training sessions on these topics. In 2019 she was awarded an MBE for her work in intercountry adoption.

Jan is also an adopted person and an adoptive mother, having adopted a daughter from South America. In addition to her daughter, who is now 35, she has two grown up birth daughters.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Adoption Panels: How to be a Confident Panel Member

Who this is for

Panel members, Adoption practitioners (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies and Local Authorities),  Independent Professionals and other professionals who are working with children.


Details

Adoption Panels play an important role in providing quality assurance and objectivity to the decision-making process for approving adopters and agreeing proposed matches between children and adopters. Panels are intended to be multi-disciplinary bodies with a considerable element of independence from the agency with panel members bringing a variety of different skills, knowledge and experience, both personal and professional which they can use to inform their deliberations and where needed to offer challenge and advice to the agency on their practice.

During this expert-led training, there will be an opportunity for panel members to reflect on how the personal and professional experience, skills, knowledge and values they are bringing to their role and contributing the panel process and how this can impact on the decision-making process.

“It was well-prepared, structured and delivered. I enjoyed the groups being mixed differently for each ‘time-out’ and that we knew exactly what our ‘topic’ was.” – Attendee, 2023

Key messages from research on what qualities to look for when assessing and approving adopters and on what contributes to a ‘successful match’ will help participants think about what to look for when reading panel paperwork and we will think about how panel members can identify potential vulnerabilities and use this to inform the questions they ask at the panel meeting so they can be effective in making their recommendations to the agency.

“The training was well structured with a good balance of theory and group work.” – Attendee, 2023

Finally, we will discuss how panels are kept informed about the needs of their agency –  adopter sufficiency policies, the children needing adoption and learning from outcomes of placements.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Consider how their personal and professional experience, values and beliefs contribute to and influence their role on Panel
  • Reflect on the key messages from research on the qualities needed by prospective adopters and what contributes to making a successful match
  • Consider the purpose of applicants attending panel and what weight to give the information gained at panel alongside the written reports provided when making the recommendation
  • Exploring how identifying potential vulnerabilities can help inform the questions they ask to assist with making their recommendation
  • Reflect on how they are kept informed about the needs of their agency –  adopters who are most needed, children needing adoption, outcomes of placements made and how this informs their work on panel

About the trainer

Elaine Dibben is an independent Social Work Consultant offering consultancy and training on adoption and fostering issues and also chairs adoption and fostering panels, the South East Post Adoption Network ( SEPAN) and Coram’s early Permanence Network. She previously worked as the Adoption Development Consultant at CoramBAAF and managed the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) when it was first established. Elaine has worked in adoption and fostering since qualifying as a social worker in 1988, both in local authorities and at Barnardo’s. She has been involved in writing several books for CoramBAAF including Completing a Child’s Permanence Report (2014); Preparing to Adopt (2014); Adoption by Foster Carers (2016); The Role of Fostering for Adoption in Achieving Early Permanence for Children – Good Practice Guide (2017) and Undertaking an Adoption Assessment in England (most recent edition in 2020).


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

How to be a Good Intermediary: Advice and Guidance for Intermediary Support

Who this is for

Intermediaries, adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers)


Details

“Intermediary.” One word to describe such a massive event! The bringing together of parents and their adult children and their siblings, mostly separated from very young, in a way that  supports all their high emotions, wants and fears and can hope to build for a future relationship. No wonder it’s a glorious minefield of uncertainty, legality, best practice, individual experience and big complex emotions. Its not all Long Lost Family…

Through personal testimony from adopted people and birth relatives, clear and precise examination of practice and the law, case studies and discussion we’ll look at the differing perspectives involved, the  legal framework and changes to it, the challenges and risks of intermediary with historic and contemporary adoption and making contact, mediation and building relationships.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand the differing perspectives and needs of adoptees, birth family and adoptive family in intermediary
  • Understand the legal framework governing intermediary and changes over the years including Pre and Post Commencement and Descendants of Adopted people.
  • Best practice in support, making contact, mediating , reunion and building relationships
  • Risks and safeguarding in historic and modern adoption
  • Intermediary in a digital world of social media and DNA

About the trainers

Mike Hancock 

Mike is the National Strategic Lead and Head of Adult Services (Leeds) at PAC-UK, supervising social workers and counsellors who work with birth relatives and adopted adults. Mike worked with contemporary birth parents for a number of years in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Halifax seeing them at community bases and at home. He has run groups for these service users as well as presenting training for professionals around adoption issues. Mike has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is an accredited member of the BACP.

Emma Crowther – Duncan

Emma is the North Adult Services Regional Manager at PAC-UK. Emma has worked predominantly within Local Authorities including Derbyshire and Manchester as a Social worker and Senior Practitioner within Child Protection teams. Most recently Emma has worked with an adoption and permanence team progressing children’s adoption plans and preparing children for adoption which included life story work with children and birth parents. Emma has also worked as a Social Worker within a residential assessment centre undertaking court directed PAMs Assessments for parents with learning difficulties.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Trauma-informed and Trauma-responsive Practice: Successfully working with Adopters who have experienced Trauma themselves

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

Throughout this session, expert trainer Hedwig Verhagen will delve into strategies for understanding and addressing the unique needs of adopters who have experienced trauma firsthand. You will gain valuable insights into trauma-responsive approaches, fostering a deeper understanding of trauma’s impact on the adoption journey.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in adopters
  • Implementing trauma-informed practices within adoption agencies and support networks
  • Building resilient and supportive environments for adopters and their families
  • Navigating challenges and promoting healing in the adoption process

These learning outcomes will be achieved through a combination of theoretical input, small group discussions and reflection on a case study.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Considering the benefits of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice in adoption service
  • Exploring models of trauma-informed practice
  • Exploring attachment patterns and the potential impact of traumatic experiences on attachment behaviours
  •  Planning next steps in the process of increasing trauma-responsiveness for practitioners, teams and the organisation

About the trainer

Hedwig Verhagen is an independent therapeutic social worker and a social work lecturer at the University of Leeds. She has an MSc in Therapeutic Interventions for Psychological Trauma. She has worked in adoption and special guardianship support services for many years and was part of the small team that set up the Centre for Adoption Support in Warrington. Hedwig has a special interest in attachment, sensory processing and body-focused approaches to working with trauma.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Understanding Gender and Sexual Identity of Young Adopted People and Supporting their Families

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

This unique training session co-delivered by Dr Zoe Webb, a distinguished Clinical Psychologist, and In-Between Lines project, this workshop is essential for adoption professionals seeking to create inclusive and affirming spaces for adopted young people and their families.

Navigating the complexities of gender and sexual identity can be challenging for young people, especially those who are adopted. In this enlightening session, participants will gain invaluable insights into the unique experiences and challenges faced by adopteens as they explore and define their identities.

Dr. Zoe Webb will draw upon her extensive expertise to guide you through the nuanced terrain of gender and sexual identity development, providing practical strategies for supporting young adoptees and their families on their journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.

In-Between Lines, a rising project for young people with complex identities, will share their insights and resources to help participants foster supportive environments that affirm and celebrate diverse identities within adoptive families.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the intersections between adoption, gender, and sexual identity
  • Explore the unique experiences and challenges faced by young adopted people
  • Learn practical strategies for supporting adoptive families in navigating conversations around gender and sexual identity
  • Access valuable resources and tools to create inclusive and affirming environments for adopted youth

About the trainers

Dr Zoe Webb

Dr Zoe Webb, BSc, PhD, DClinPsy, is a qualified child and adolescent clinical psychologist with over ten years experience of working with young people & their families. Having worked previously within Child and Adolescent. Mental Health services in the NHS, she has been in full-time independent practice since 2015. Zoe works therapeutically with both young people and adults, individually, dyadically or systemically on a range of mental health & well-being difficulties (inc. anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm etc..) with a specialist interest in developmental trauma & attachment difficulties.

In-Between Lines

In-Between Lines, is an award-winning community exploring the lived experience of multiple cultural, ethnic, or family identities e.g. adoptees, mixed-heritage individuals, and third-culture kids. Their aim is to create spaces for complex identities, to uplift marginalised experiences, and to challenge institutions to make real change.


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Modernising Post-adoption Letterbox Contact: Digital Technology and the Culture Change in Adoption

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

This expert-led training session will assist social workers and management with exploring the possibilities of digital tools when considering adopted or care-experienced children’s plans to stay in touch (contact) with their birth relatives or those important to them.

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory published a report based on their ‘adoption connections’ project (Barnett-Jones & Manning, 2021). This project involved consultation with over 80 people and organisations with a focus on modernising mediated post-adoption contact. The project explored how digital solutions might address some of the known difficulties of letterbox contact, identifying potential benefits and drawbacks of a digital system. In addition, it highlighted: the need for any such system to consider children’s rights to both contact and online safety; data security; interoperability (for example how families’ data could be moved between different platforms); and financial viability.

Moderninsing adoption is part of Adoption England’s strategy. In 2022 from the report published by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory a project was commissioned to trial a digital system. The system was Letter Swap created by Link Maker and the University of East Anglia were academic partners producing an evaluation of the findings. There are also other products in the market, such as, Arc box and Charms.

Using digital tools to support plans for children to remain connected to their birth identity is a much-needed innovative step to explore, given the issues with the traditional ‘letterbox’ system. Many indirect exchanges do not get started, lapse with no review, offers a lack of diversity of information that can be sent and has no feedback loop’- has my letter been received?

Safe and meaningful connections are vital to adopted and care experienced people as they grow, and reach independence and beyond. Some of the risks of not maintaining these connections are-

  • Identity struggles and concept of self
  • Unanswered questions
  • Access to birth heritage, culture, and religion
  • Known medical history
  • Lost sibling connections
  • Emotional difficulties in major life events

In this bespoke training event, we will look at the origins of digital connections, the outcomes of the Letter Swap pilot, and how a culture of modern adoption can support connections for adopted and care experienced people. We will also hear from providers of systems available.


Learning 0utcomes

  • Explore the lifelong needs of adopted and care-experienced people and how a digital system may support staying in touch.
  • Consider a digital approach to planning staying in touch (contact) for adopted and care experienced children and young people.
  • Identify culture and practice changes when using digital approaches to support children and young people’s plans to stay in touch.
  • Consider the positives and negatives of a digital system.
  • Consider the support needs of birth relatives, adoptive parents and adopted / care experienced people when using a digital system.
  • Explore if digital systems can be used as a bridge to meeting up (direct contact)

About the trainers

Dr. Beverley Barnett Jones MBE

Beverley Barnett‑Jones is Associate Director for System and Impact at the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. She is a registered social worker with a career spanning over 25 years in local authority and other statutory children’s and family services, having switched career planning from lawyer to young person’s counsellor before training as a social worker. She holds an LLB honours Law Degree and a Master’s in social Science. Beverley has been committed for many years to improving the help and support offered to children, their families, and their wider community. She has promoted the use of evidence and research to inform practice and service design. Beverley was awarded an MBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of her management of frontline services for children and families.

Vicky Swift

Vicky is a qualified social worker who joined the Adoption England national team in June 2022. Vicky is skilled in working with vulnerable children and families and is committed to promoting the experiences and voices of birth families and relationships important to children pre adoption. Vicky leads on the maintaining relationship workstream, focused on finding ways for adopted children to have safe and meaningful relationships with the people who were important to them pre adoption. Vicky is passionate about exploring new ways of modernising adoption and the way that adopted people maintain links and connections to their birth identity. She works on several projects with adoption agencies and partners looking at improving services for birth relatives and also adopted people’s experiences of accessing their records and post adoption support. Vicky says- “I really feel passionate about listening to the voices of people who experience services to drive forward the change we hope to achieve.”


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Understanding Gender Diversity in Assessing Prospective Adopters

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

During this bespoke training session, we will unlock a deeper understanding of gender diversity in adoption. This comprehensive webinar covers essential topics, including sex, gender, and various gender identities, providing a solid foundation for adoption practitioners. We will learn the basics of trans history and gain insights into the legal landscape surrounding gender diversity.

We will explore the latest research and apply the findings on the day-to-day experiences of gender diverse individuals, discovering the unique strengths they bring to the world of adoption and fostering. We will hear firsthand from gender diverse adopters, foster carers, and the social workers who assessed them, offering valuable perspectives that enrich your knowledge and practice.

You will be also equipped with the knowledge to support young people who are gender diverse, and access resources for ongoing support. We will learn how to seamlessly apply your newfound understanding to your role, creating an inclusive environment for all individuals involved in adoption and fostering.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your expertise, foster inclusivity, and contribute to a more supportive adoption and fostering community.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand sex, gender and various gender identities. ​
  • Know basic Trans history​
  • Understand the law​
  • Be aware of current research about the lived day-to-day experiences of gender diverse people ​
  • Understand the specific strengths that gender diverse people bring to adoption and fostering​
  • Hear from gender diverse adopters and foster carers and the social workers that assessed them​
  • Have a basic understanding of how to support young people that are gender diverse and where to find more support​
  • Know how to apply their learning to their role
  • Understand benefits of New Family Social membership and how they, and their gender diverse adopters and foster carers, can use New Family Social

About the trainer

Tor Docherty

Tor has over 20 years’ experience working in charities as a Chief Executive, and at a senior level, in diversity, equality and inclusion. She has extensive experience in strategic development, project management, fundraising, operational management, staff management, crisis management, finance, governance and policy work at local, regional and national level. Her interests are in diversity, equality and inclusion includes expertise in LGBTQ+ issues, disability, Deafness and neurodiversity. She has a law degree, a diploma in fundraising and a level six qualification in British Sign Language (BSL).


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.

Understanding Gender Diversity in Assessing Prospective Adopters

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


Details

During this bespoke training session, we will unlock a deeper understanding of gender diversity in adoption. This comprehensive training covers essential topics, including sex, gender, and various gender identities, providing a solid foundation for adoption practitioners. We will learn the basics of trans history and gain insights into the legal landscape surrounding gender diversity.

We will explore the latest research and apply the findings on the day-to-day experiences of gender diverse individuals, discovering the unique strengths they bring to the world of adoption and fostering. We will hear firsthand from gender diverse adopters, foster carers, and the social workers who assessed them, offering valuable perspectives that enrich your knowledge and practice.

You will be also equipped with the knowledge to support young people who are gender diverse, and access resources for ongoing support. We will learn how to seamlessly apply your newfound understanding to your role, creating an inclusive environment for all individuals involved in adoption and fostering.

This is a great opportunity to enhance your expertise, foster inclusivity, and contribute to a more supportive adoption and fostering community.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand sex, gender and various gender identities. ​
  • Know basic Trans history​
  • Understand the law​
  • Be aware of current research about the lived day-to-day experiences of gender diverse people ​
  • Understand the specific strengths that gender diverse people bring to adoption and fostering​
  • Hear from gender diverse adopters and foster carers and the social workers that assessed them​
  • Have a basic understanding of how to support young people that are gender diverse and where to find more support​
  • Know how to apply their learning to their role
  • Understand benefits of New Family Social membership and how they, and their gender diverse adopters and foster carers, can use New Family Social

About the trainer

Tor Docherty

Tor has over 20 years’ experience working in charities as a Chief Executive, and at a senior level, in diversity, equality and inclusion. She has extensive experience in strategic development, project management, fundraising, operational management, staff management, crisis management, finance, governance and policy work at local, regional and national level. Her interests are in diversity, equality and inclusion includes expertise in LGBTQ+ issues, disability, Deafness and neurodiversity. She has a law degree, a diploma in fundraising and a level six qualification in British Sign Language (BSL).


Instructions

A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at info@cvaa.org.uk. We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

CVAA accept online payments only. In case you do not have instant access to your company card, we suggest using your personal card instead to book a training event and claim it back with your agency in your expenses. Requesting an invoice to pay for our standard practice events is not possible.